Ezra Meeker And The Oregon Trail

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As so often happens when doing research for this blog, I begin with one idea in mind and in the course of researching what I think will be the blog for the day,… Continue reading

Caroline Warfield interviews Fred Wheatly from The Reluctant Wife

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Source: Caroline Warfield interviews Fred Wheatly from The Reluctant Wife

Republic of Florida – Who Knew?

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The romance and significance of the Republic of Texas is well known across the world. Cries of “Remember the Alamo” and “Come and Take It” have played out on screens both large and… Continue reading

The Desert Queen

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Among the colorful personalities of the late Georgian/Early Victorian world of the 1830s Lady Hester Stanhope stands out for her brilliance, independence, and sheer brazen disregard for social mores. If ladies rode sidesaddle;… Continue reading

Thomas Jefferson, Agriculturalist

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I find that the limited number of our flower beds will too much restrain the variety of flowers in which we might wish to indulge, & therefore I have resumed an idea … of… Continue reading

The French in the Spanish Borderlands, Part I

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It is easy to believe that, other than Louisiana, the American South was primarily  influenced by Great Britain prior to the American Revolution. After all, the five Southern colonies of the original thirteen… Continue reading

The Stargazer Who Counted

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Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet may have been a stargazer, a musician, and even a poet, but he was no dreamer. His work regarding the collection and quantification of data influenced science and social… Continue reading

The American Civil War Begins

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This week marks the anniversary of the start of the Civil War. The bloodiest war in American history began on April 12, 1861, when Confederate forces, under the command of General P.G.T. Beauregard… Continue reading

The Man Who Changed How We Think About American History

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For many students, the study of American History begins with Columbus wandering mistakenly into the New World, followed by a dash around eastern North America with French and English explorers, and finally settles… Continue reading

The Cosmetic Huckster

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This week’s Victorian character impresses as more than just colorful. Madame Rachel, notorious con artist and flamboyant celebrity, made a fortune off the vanity and gullibility of high society. She may have been… Continue reading